Bikeabout world was rocked by the theft of the signature Bikeabout Bike
on Sunday night, October 6th. Should Ofs and What Ifs abound, and sleep
is disturbed by visions of violence. The bike was taken from just outside
Pedals shop in Kona, Hawaii. Thief or thieves are considered fools
to steal such a uniquely evolved bicycle on a relatively small island
where most bike-connected people are at least tacitly familiar with
the bike. Nevertheless, the bike remains missing.
Bikeabout adventurer and bike-lifestylist Gregory Luck remains reasonably
mobile by way of a borrowed 12-year-old undersized mountain bike with
a shocking pink fork. The borrowed bike is kept locked when not in use.
The missing bike is a 19" grey Rocky Mountain (Brand) Hammer Race
(Model) with a yellow Mamitou Mars front shock (with no stickers). There
is a distinctive large black KORE stem (the part that holds the handlebar),
XT hollowtech cranks, XTR front and rear deraileurs, Avid brakes, and
many other custom accessories. The wheels are different than in this
photo, with a Rynolite rim in the rear and XT hubs. (No red spokes.)
Also missing with the bicycle: a large green and black Ortleib rear
pannier, three headlights, two tail lights, a cable lock (not used recently),
pump, Wolfman seatbag, ratty Headland rackbag, worn Sidi Dominator bike
shoes, swim goggles, camp towel, patch kits, a very ugly hat, a rusty
old handlebar bell with a sweet Bikeabout ring, and a very long string
of happy memories.
Spring '03 Update:
Bike is considered long gone. Hard earned money has been spent on
a replacement. Or, something like a replacement. The old bike was an
evolution, as pieces and parts were replaces and upgraded with the best
type of equipment for the kind of riding I do. The new bike is off-the-shelf,
with few important changes. The rest will have to wait for time and
money, and will have to evolve and refine itself over time.